What is that Ringing in My Ears?

Most people experience occasional ringing or buzzing, but many people have constant noises in their ears. This is called tinnitus. Tinnitus is described as, “hearing ringing, buzzing, or other sounds without an external cause”. Tinnitus can be caused by the following conditions:

  • Hearing Loss
  • Depression
  • Exposure to Loud Noise
  • Jaw Problems
  • Impacted Ear Wax
  • Hormonal Fluctuations
  • Otosclerosis (abnormal growth of the middle ear bone)
  • Head or Neck Injuries
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Arterial Flow Problems
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Brain Tumors
  • Stress

…and that’s just to name a few! It can also be caused by certain prescription medications or interactions between medications. While some people are not bothered by tinnitus, others feel their quality of life suffers. They may have difficulty sleeping, concentrating, or become irritable or depressed.

If you think you may suffer from tinnitus, have a hearing evaluation to see where you stand. The results will help guide your doctor in the right direction. They may then make a recommendation to change a current medication, use a white noise machine, wear a hearing aid, or treat a medical condition causing the tinnitus.

Viva Medicare has partnered with Hearing Care Solutions to offer our members additional hearing benefits. These benefits are included on all Viva Medicare plans.